Bli Dito took us to Rumah Makan Ayam Betutu to have lunch. It is one of the most popular and most visited dining place in Bali. The restaurant is famous for its' traditional Balinese dish, which is the Ayam Betutu, or seasoned roasted chicken.
|Rumah Makan Ayam Betutu khas Gilimanuk|
Ayam Betutu is a local delicacy in Pulau Dewata. The chicken is either steamed or roasted, then cooked with spices and seasoning, and the cooking method for every regions in Bali varies. The one that I ate was cooked in Gilimanuk's way, which was cooked with lots of onion, garlic, chilly pepper, turmeric, ginger, coconut oil, and black pepper. As a person who has a weak colon, yet loves hot and spicy dishes, Gilimanuk's Ayam Betutu was both heaven and hell.
It was around two in the afternoon when we arrived at the restaurant and it was a challenge to find an empty table for us to monopolize. The place was packed with people hungry for the super hot chicken. I was beginning to worry that we will not find any seats, but Lady Luck was upon us. Immediately, Bli Dito marking the place by resting his bottoms, and took the liberty to order the dishes for us: Ayam Betutu Kuah. Thank God it didn't take long for our lunch to be served.
|Our mouth-watering Ayam Betutu|
Our chicken was served with rice and side dishes, such as Plecing Kangkung, fried peanuts, and Sambal Matah. Plecing Kangkung is another traditional dish from Bali, which is blanched water spinach topped with sambal made from chilly pepper, shallots, garlic, lime, and shrimp paste - super hot, yet very refreshing - while Sambal Matah is made from raw shallots and lemongrass. Both side dishes were smacking, yet my favorite would be the Sambal Matah. I just love the spicy and sour taste of the raw shallots, not to mention the addicting crunchiness.
|Man, that chicken was hot!|
|The refreshingly spicy and sour Sambal Matah|
|Just look at that gorgeous bright color|
We were very hungry, plus we are cadets who are trained to eat anything on sight in a snap, so we ended up devouring our meal in less than five minutes. The Ayam Betutu was well cooked as the meat was very tender and the seasoning soaked into it nicely. On the one hand, the broth was also very flavorful and hot. I was in pain. I got sweaty armpits and runny nose, but the chicken was deliciously savory and rich in taste. I tried to eat my rice with a little bit of everything and BAM! explosion of flavors.
I would probably go for the Ayam Betutu Goreng next time I visit Rumah Makan Ayam Betutu since I'm not that into soaked chicken. But, for those of you who favors it, it is highly recommended.
|Daddy Dito slicing the chicken evenly so that we would get an equal share of the meal|
It's a good thing ice cream was available to ease the pain in my mouth. Its' name is Es Goyang si Jegeg, or Jegeg's Es Goyang, an old skool Indonesian ice cream made from coconut milk and flour. I went for the durian ice cream, while Gavin had the mung beans ice cream. Both were deliciously milky and creamy, but I liked Gavin's ice cream better because it had this bean bits in the ice cream, even though my ice cream had a strong durian presence in it.
When you visit Bali, you ought to make a pit stop at Rumah Makan Ayam Betutu. Try its' famous Ayam Betutu, along with various sambal on the side, and tear up because of how hot it is. You won't regret every bite of it.
|Each ice cream costed Rp10.000,00|
|My durian flavored ice cream|
Rumah Makan Ayam Betutu
Jalan Raya Tuban No. 2X
+62 361 757535